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Storm Drain Murals

Since 2016, the UpStream Art project has brought to life 16 unique murals on storm drains in downtown Springfield. The murals raise awareness of the importance of storm drains and their connection to our rivers. Pollutants such as oil, trash, and pet waste are harmful to water quality and aquatic life. Everyone can protect local waterways through simple, everyday actions. View a map of storm drain mural locations.

Interested in holding your own storm drain mural project? Read our frequently asked questions.

UpStream Art Murals in Downtown Springfield

Lisa Yu, 2018 Allie Camp, 2018
Lisa Yu, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead Allie Camp, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead
Jordan Colburn, 2018 Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2018
Jordan Colburn, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead
Chelsey Putnam, 2018 Chelsey Putnam, 2017
Chelsey Putnam, 2018. Booth-Kelly Trailhead Chelsey Putnam, 2017. Parking lot of Springfield Museum
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2017 Sierra McClain, 2017
Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum
Sierra McClain, 2017. 4th and B Street, by Justice Center
Christian Howarth, 2017
Scott Boyes, 2017
Christian Howarth, 2017. 4th and A Street
Scott Boyes, 2017. 5th and A Street
Shelly Davey Dax, 2017
Bayne Gardner, 2016
Shelly Davey Dax, 2017. Behind Springfield Museum Bayne Gardner, 2016. 418 A Street
Esteban Camacho Steffensen, 2016 Sarah Bast, 2016
Esteban Camacho Steffensen, 2016. 149 5th Street Sarah Bast, 2016. 204 5th Street
Christian Howarth, 2016 Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2016
Christian Howarth, 2016. By 5th and A Street Jessilyn Brinkerhoff, 2016. 405 A Street

What is Stormwater?

As our community grows, ground often gets covered up with asphalt, concrete and buildings. Without realizing it, we are disrupting an important part of the water cycle.

Instead of rain naturally filtering into the ground, in urban areas it flows over roofs, driveways and streets as stormwater. Stormwater can pick up pollutants and transport them to our local waterways via the storm drain system. Pollutants include everyday items like pesticides or fertilizers in our yards, oil in our cars, and even soap. When introduced into the waterway, pollutants have a harmful affect on aquatic life and the health of our rivers.

Outfall pipe in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains eventually lead to
Outfall in Island Park where UpStream Art storm drains lead to.

To learn more about how you can help prevent water pollution, read this Prevent Stormwater Pollution resource and check out our Clean Water at A Glance factsheets.

Questions about UpStream Art? Email us at WaterResources@springfield-or.gov


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